|Hubs||Queenstown, New Zealand|
|Secondary hubs||Glenorchy, New Zealand|
|Destinations||Milford Sound, Mount Cook, Mt Aspiring, Fox Glacier, Lord of the Rings locations.|
|Headquarters||Queenstown Airport, Queenstown, New Zealand.|
|Key people||Robert Rutherford (Chief Pilot/Owner) Janet Rutherford (CEO)|
Glenorchy Air is a scenic flight and air charter company based at Queenstown Airport, New Zealand. The company is owned by Janet and Robert Rutherford who founded it in 1992. The company was started with just one aeroplane, a Cessna 185. With the expansion of the business, a second aircraft, a Piper Cherokee Six 300, was purchased in 1996. The company still operates this aeroplane. The Cessna 185 was sold in 2003 when it was replaced by a brand new Gippsland Aeronautics GA8 Airvan. The company has recently taken delivery of a second Airvan.
Glenorchy Air mostly operates scenic flights between Queenstown and Milford Sound as well as some Mount Cook and glacier flights. Flights can be made to and from Glenorchy as well as Taiaroa Head in Dunedin. Charter flights are also available.
These flights have received high ratings for customer satisfaction 
Lord of the Rings involvement
Glenorchy Air became involved in the making of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy in 1999 when it transported members of the cast, crew and equipment around the southern half of the South Island of New Zealand. This included flying producer Barrie Osbourne on reconnaissance trips to Paradise, Poolburn and Ben Ohau. Glenorchy Air now provides tours to some of the locations used in the filming of Lord of the Rings.
Fuel efficiency research
In 2010 the airline, along with seven other companies including two other Queenstown flight operators, Real Journeys and the Helicopter line, took part research to determine optimum fuel efficiency. The research was of the New Zealand Tourism Energy Efficiency Programme, which was a partnership between the Tourism Industry Association and the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.
Glenorchy installed technology which showed how much fuel its aircraft were burning on a per litre an hour basis. It also installed GPS technology to inform pilots of their ground speed. This enabled them to determine the optimum altitude for fuel savings.
|Piper Cherokee Six PA-32S-300||1|
The Piper Cherokee Six PA-32S-300 is the seaplane version. It has had floats removed and replaced with wheels however.
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- Dodgshun, Joe (24 Jan 2012). "Off to Milford Sound for a paddle". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 29/12/12.
- "Heavy snow strands tourists - Glenorchy Air to the rescue". Southland Times. Jul 15, 2006. Retrieved 29/12/12.
- "How to get to Treble Cone". Treble Cone. Retrieved 29/12/12.
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- BROOKE, JAMES (December 22, 2002). "A Long Journey Rewarded". New York Times. Retrieved 29/12/12.
- The Frodo Franchise, Kirstin Thompson (2007), Penguin Books, pp285-286 and p288.
- Tourist airlines polish up on fuel efficiency, Shane Cowlishaw, Southland Times, 26 March 2010
- Glenorchy Air Official website
- Trilogy trail tours
- Queenstown Wiki (information wiki operated by the company)